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AUBURN: Where’s outrage over corrupt officer?

Letter by Timothy J. Mellema, Puyallup on June 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm with No Comments »
June 27, 2013 2:36 pm

Re: “Officer pleads guilty to inappropriate search” (TNT, 6-25).

An Auburn police officer has been allowed to plead guilty to a fourth-degree assault charge, get 80 hours of community service, turn in his badge and get a two-year suspended sentence? What did he do? He made a traffic stop, did not call it in on the radio or cellphone, kidnapped and sexually assaulted a young woman. He groped her while she was handcuffed and not under arrest in his car, then tried to elicit sex in exchange for not “busting” her.

We are talking about someone who should be in prison for 10-plus years, have to register as a sex offender and lose his pension. Instead he’ll need to do 80 hours of community service.

Where is the outrage from the police officers and their guild? Where is the outrage from the public? Do the good, honest, hard-working police officers who put their lives at risk daily to protect and serve like their reputation being stained by repugnant criminals like this?

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